Banh Mi, a Vietnamese sandwich. A bun filled with grilled chicken, cucumber, pickled vegetables and green cilantro.

Recipe: Vietnamese Banh Mi

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Bánh mì — literally Vietnamese bread — is the common name for the delicious sandwich that originated in Saigon during the 1950s. Over the years, this melding of French and Southeast Asian cuisine has become wildly popular across the world. I remember the very first time we tried banh mi. It was in Laos, as we were making the two-day boat journey from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. The boat stopped for the night in a small village along the …

Fortress wall surrounding a city outside Tangier, Morocco

Things to Do in Tangier, the Gateway to Morocco

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At the mouth of the Mediterranean, across the straight of Gibraltar from Spain, is Tangier. The ancient port city is the gateway to Africa for many Europeans, and has been a valued strategic location for centuries. Booming with recent business ventures and investments, Tangier is shedding its once seedy image. And while many travellers simply pass through or skip this coastal gem altogether, Tangier is entirely worth a visit. From its buzzing media and ancient Kasbah to some of Moroccos …

Large rocky gorge with a stream flowing from it through a green field in Romania.

Hiking Turda Gorge in Romania

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Romania is a country of incredible landscapes. And Turda Gorge is certainly one of the most striking of all — though it seems relatively unknown to many travellers. It wasn’t until I was doing some photo location research that we learned of the place. Blown away by the Tolkien-esque scene, we had to check it out. Hiking Turda Gorge became a priority; and as it turns out, it’s far more than just a pretty picture. Turda Gorge Cheile Turzii, as …

Colourful houses line a cobblestone street in Sighisoara Romania

14 Incredible Day Trips from Brasov, Romania

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Brasov is a great place to base yourself when travelling through Romania. Although many use Bucharest, it then takes quite a bit of additional time to reach many sights that are 15mins to 2 hours away from Brasov. Brasov day trips are the simplest way to explore the best of Transylvania. With the convenient trains and buses running from two different stations, you will be well-connected to one of the most amazing regions in Romania.  We would suggest to pair …

An old castle on top of a rocky mountain.

More than Just a Castle: Things to do in Bran, Romania

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In the heart of Transylvania, nuzzled in the foothills of the Bucegi mountains, is Bran. Less than an hour by bus from Brasov, this picturesque village is one of the most popular destinations in Romania. However, it’s not the hillside houses or the gorgeous green valley that draw in the crowds. That can be found across this wonderful country. It’s the spectacular Bran Castle that has visitors arriving by the busload. But before you plan a mere day trip to …

Blue train car sits beside the Bucharest train platform.

Taking the Bucharest to Chisinau Train by Night

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Nearing the end of our incredible two months in Romania, the time had arrived to move on. This time to neighbouring Moldova, a wonderful, though tiny, former Soviet nation. Seeing as our final days were spent in the bustling hub of Bucharest, we had several transport options to choose from. Though for the sake of adventure, and love for the rails, we opted for the Prietenia: the vintage Soviet sleeper train from Bucharest to Chisinau. Click here to jump straight …

Fish and Chips from one of the Best Restaurants in Bristol

The Best Restaurants in Bristol [Where to Eat in 2019]

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Bristol is one of our favourite cities in the world. Well-known for its fascinating history, laid-back locals, and a world-class street art scene; what caught us off-guard was the food. There is so much great food in Bristol! Whatever you fancy, from English classics to fiery Sichuan street food; these are some of the best restaurants Bristol has to offer! Our Favourite Bristol Restaurants Considering the money we were saving by housesitting during our visit, we ate everywhere we could. …

What to Eat in Romania: The Best Food and Drinks!

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When we first arrived in Romania, we didn’t know what to expect. Aside from a little history, some stories from friends, and a sprinkling of Dracula, we went in blind. As for what to eat in Romania, we were absolutely clueless. Thankfully, it wouldn’t take long to find out. Over our two month visit, we tasted as many traditional Romanian foods as we could find. If you’re heading to this fantastic country, we’ve compiled a list of traditional foods in Romania …

Food being grilled over coals.

The Strangest Food We’ve Eaten Around the World

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We like food. A lot. It’s one of the most exciting aspects of travel for us. Ever since our first trip to Tokyo back in 2007 when we first arrived in a blurry haze of jet lag. We soon found ourselves sitting in a small, dimly lit dive bar on a quiet backstreet. A lady behind the bar handed us two beer and a small plate of something fried that we hadn’t ordered. It was seafood of some kind and …

Tapas and wine at a restaurant in Barcelona, Spain

A Quick and Simple Barcelona Foodie Guide

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Forget the architecture: Barcelona is a food city. Following our recent visit, we wanted to put together a quick guide to Barcelona food. There are so many amazing restaurants to check out in Barcelona. You could spend weeks in the city and hardly make a dent. With such an overwhelming list to choose from, we decided to narrow it down for you in our Barcelona Food Guide. So to help satisfy your culinary cravings, here are some of our favourite …